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Human Diseases Mirrored in Rat Genome

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Human Diseases Mirrored in Rat Genome

Human Diseases Mirrored in Rat Genome

Human Diseases Mirrored in Rat Genome

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The laboratory rat rattus norvegicus may become even more useful to researchers studying human disease, as researchers find that almost every human gene related to disease has a rat-gene counterpart. Analysis of the rat genome, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is expected to aid development of new drugs. NPR's Richard Harris reports.